Check-in your way to a great school year! Photo by foursquare.

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A big part of going to college is trying new things. It’s how you meet friends, discover passions, and become a more well-rounded, cultured person. Whether you go to school in a college town or a major metropolis, there are guaranteed to be interesting places and activities you have yet to explore. So this year, make it a goal to step outside your dorm room and visit a local park, popular restaurant or art museum every once in a while.


With it’s robust social features and growing presence on university campuses, location-based social network Foursquare is the perfect tech-friendly way to create and keep track of a list of cultural experiences you want to try this school year. Foursquare recently announced the launch of a custom badge program for participating universities this fall, which sounds neat, but will initially be available at a limited number of schools. All users, however, can access and edit their personal to-do list through or on one of the Foursquare mobile apps. You can use this feature to compile all of the places you’d like to explore. Add a venue or a cool tip someone left for a venue. For example, if a friend left a tip for a restaurant suggesting a certain dish, you could add that tip to your to-do list as a reminder to yourself to order that dish when you go. 


If you need some ideas to get you started, try going on the Foursquare mobile application’s Explore tab for popular locations around you. Also, Foursquare Lists just rolled out this month for personal users and business pages, so you might try seeing if your friends or popular local businesses have curated their own public lists. As you complete each item on your to-do list, mark it as “Done” on or on the app. 


Foursquare is a great tool for college students who want to make the most of their college experience by breaking out of their comfort zone and going to places they’ve never been. What places are on your Foursquare to-do list this school year?